Between two worlds

Canberra’s Segue Festival aims to strengthen cultural ties between Europe and Australia, providing benefits for artists and audiences alike.
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Gosia Wlodarczak, On the Sky and Water, Frost Drawing for AGNSW, process, 2014. A seven-day drawing performance for the Drawing Out, The Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial, curated by Anne Ryan, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Pigment pen on glass. Photo: Longin Sarnecki. Courtesy the artist and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Home to 80 embassies and diplomatic missions, from Algeria to Zimbabwe, Canberra is the natural home for the Segue Festival – hosted by The Street Theatre in partnership with the Australian National University’s Centre of European Studies and the European Union Delegation – which explores the work of artists whose practices shift between cultures and continents.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts